KILLEEN — Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Elijah King Jr. died Sunday at Seton Hospital in Harker Heights at age 64.
Memorial services are scheduled for March 24 at 10 a.m. at Lifeway Fellowship in Killeen, with Pastor Jimmy Towers officiating, said retired Sgt. Maj. Frank Minosky, who spoke on behalf of the King family.
Burial services will follow at noon at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
According to Minosky, the King family wanted to allow enough time for family members and out-of-area friends to be at the memorial service.
King was a well known in the Killeen community and in veterans circles. Following his military career, he continued to support the military and community through positions in various services such as the co-chairman of the Fort Hood Retired Council and the chairman of the Central Texas Area Veterans Advisory Committee. He was a member of the Killeen Branch NAACP, board of directors KISD Communities in Schools and the Military Child Education Coalition.
“Elijah served our great nation with pride and honor. He was a relentless supporter and voice for veterans across Central Texas. He was a dedicated member of my veterans council, and a well-deserving recipient of my Congressional Veterans Commendation award,” said U.S. Rep. John R. Carter, R-Round Rock. “Today we have lost a giant in the veterans community. His passing will be felt by many, and leaves a distinct hole in our hearts. Erika and I send our deepest sympathies to his wife Debbie, his family, and all who loved Elijah. God bless him and be with us all through this difficult time.”
King was born in Tuskegee, Ala. He enlisted in the Army in August 1977. He was a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm and served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom before retiring in 2007 as command sergeant major of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, then at Fort Hood. His numerous awards include the Legion of Merit and three Bronze Star Medals for service in combat.
King is survived by his wife, Debbie Nash-King, three daughters, one son and one grandson.
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